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Vermont Museum of Natural History, INC. 

[802] 464 - 0048

museum@sover.net

7599 VT Route 9
West Marlboro, VT 05363

© 2020 Vermont Museum of Natural History, Inc.

HUMPHREY

Eastern Box Turtle   [Terrapene Carolina Carolina]

Average Adults Size: 4.5" - 6" long and weigh 1 - 2 lbs.

Humphrey was sent to the Museum in 2015 from Wild Things Environmental Education in NY.  He had come to them as an unwanted pet two years earlier. As a former pet, possibly captive bred, possible kept for many years, he was deemed non-releasable.  There was too much we didn’t know about his history.

Box Turtles are “Hypothetical Species” in Vermont.  The few that have been found are believed to be released or escaped pets.  Box turtles do live wild in Massachusetts and coastal New Hampshire, so who knows, a warming world might mean wild box turtles in Vermont.